The Fall of Satan by Bodie Hodge, is one of those books where I stared at the description quite some time before deciding that I wanted to review it.
Given that, I still failed to grasp that this book was going to be in a question and answer format. I was expecting something different. The Q&A aspect does work for the topic though.
I have mixed reactions to this book. I was expecting a book about Satan and about evil. I was not expecting questions like "Shouldn't Eve have been a clone of Adam?" or "Did Adam and Even have to sleep before the Fall?" I think I expected more about Satan and less about Adam and Eve. So in that I was disappointed.
I expected more of this book to reference the New Testament, particularly Revelation. I guess the title The Fall of Satan should have clued me in that this was going to be primarily based in Genesis. Like I said, even studying the publisher's description, I somehow had a really different picture of what this book would be about.
So my disappointments are primarily in what I expected vs. what was actually in the book. The questions like "Did the serpent originally have legs?" were terrific, and the Satan-specific questions comprise enough of the book that I feel this title has value.
I'll confess I skimmed a few of the Q&A sections. I've read some of this stuff in so many other books, it was hard to go through it again. So, in my opinion, parts of this book were excellent. And if you haven't read lots of other young earth creationist materials that talk about the fall of man, you will probably get more out of the parts I tended to skim.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free the publisher. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
Why would God Who is good create Satan who would be evil?
When did Satan become evil?
Did the serpent originally have legs?
How does the devil's lies impact our lives today?
How does original sin affect us today?
Who were the Nephilim?
Did pain exist before the Fall?
If you have, I have a book to recommend to you. Written by Bodie Hodge, The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden, is set up in easy-to-digest nuggets of Scripturally based information to help readers come to knowledge and understanding about Satan, where he came from and how his work impacts our lives today.
The Devil is pleased when we ignore him, pretend he doesn't exist and when we pay him more attention than he deserves. The author of this book makes none of those mistakes; though The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden is technically about Satan, the real emphasis is on God and His Word. As Martin Luther said, "The Devil is God's ape"; the author of this book concurs with that point.
My take? As a homeschooling mother of many, I find this book very useful in answering questions (theirs and mine); therefore this book has earned a permanent place on our bookcase. I would highly recommend it to families as a study or devotional aid or to churches for their libraries.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book by New Leaf Publishing for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.